Hanover will upgrade its parking meter systemBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
October 07. 2013 7:57PM
HANOVER — The town has begun the installation of new parking meter equipment downtown.
The first phase of the project should be completed on Wednesday.
In an effort to meet public demand, the new parking meters will accept coins and credit cards as forms of payment, replacing aging meters that require a great deal of maintenance and only accept coins, town parking officials said Monday.
The first phase encompasses single-space meters. The multi-space kiosk meters will be upgraded during the second phase in the next few weeks.
With the new meters comes an increase in parking meter rates, which were approved by the Select Board in June.
On South Main Street, two-hour meters are increasing from 50 cents to $1 per hour.
In the Municipal Lot 1 behind Town Hall the three-hour parking is increasing from 50 cents to $1 per hour.
Upper Lebanon Street two-hour meters are increasing from 50 cents to 75 cents per hour.
The Bank of America Deck is increasing from 50 cents to 75 cents per hour for the three-hour meters and 25 cents to 35 cents per hour for the 10-hour meters.
The 10-hour parking meters on School Street and Allen Street Ext. are also increasing from 25 cents to 35 cents per hour.
When the multi-space kiosks are upgraded, their rates will also increase.
The 10-hour kiosk in Marshall Lot and Municipal Lot 7 will increase from 25 cents to 35 cents per hour for the 10-hour meters.
In Municipal Lot 6, the South End Dartmouth Green and S Block Lot, two-hour kiosks are increasing from 50 cents to 75 cents per hour.
Additionally, a 20 cent credit card fee will be charged at the parking meters.
More potential changes for the remaining parking areas are being proposed for equipment upgrades and potential rate changes during budget discussions for fiscal year 2014-2015.
Downtown employees who currently park in the short-term customer areas and are impacted by the rate increases are encouraged to take advantage of the approximately 40 new long-term spaces the town recently constructed on Lower Lebanon Street and Hovey Lane. The parking spaces cost $35 for a 30-day period and can be purchased at Town Hall.
A free parking option is also available at Thompson Arena for downtown employees. Permits for Thompson Arena are also available at Town Hall.
Parking is free for employees on lower Lebanon Street on Saturday and Sunday in areas that require a permit on weekdays.
The town plans to start a pilot program soon in the parking garage at 7 Lebanon St. for discounted employee parking when entering the garage after 10 a.m.
The town is also participating in a working group looking at expanded upper valley rideshare opportunities.
Questions about the changes and downtown parking can be directed to Lt. Patrick O’Neill at email@example.com or at the Parking Division office in Town Hall.